You have pesky chronic pain that does NOT stop you, but you’re fearful that one day you have to slow down, or it STOPS you from doing the activities that you love to do..
You can still sort of do your hobbies, but you are getting more stiffness or aches and pains that you can semi manage.
You start to think this is just what happens as you get older…
Or that is what you tell yourself…
You think there is nothing you can do for this particular aches, stiffness or pain.
You are fearful of going to the doctor because you are afraid that the orthopedic surgeon is going to tell you that you must have surgery and you are not ready to do that yet!
You also do not want the doctors to tell you that you have to slow down or not do something that you love…
Or worse they will just tell you that this is what happens as you get older.
So, you just do NOTHING about it!
I get it…
We hear this all the time…
But here is what happens…
You just keep going down that path of doing nothing about it instead of treating your chronic pain…
You still can do the things you love to do; you just have to adjust how you do it by avoiding certain movements or spend more time stretching to managing it.
You wake up stiff in the morning and doing stretches as your morning routine to keep you going.
What If You Don’t Treat Chronic Pain?
Here is eventually what happens if you DO NOT treat the chronic pain you are currently struggling with.
Eventually you will compensate long enough that you will wake up one morning in more pain. Wondering what did you do? Why is this so bad?
You see your body does not want to do what you want it to do. And if you compensate long enough using muscles that normally do not work that hard because other muscles are shut off due to poor movement patterns, your body will say, I will stop you by making you hurt!
So you start spiraling down – thinking the worst case scenario that you don’t want to have a major surgery that is going to have to happen, or you have cancer because you are not sure what you did. There was not injury or fall that created this pain.
You decide to go to an orthopedic surgeon desperate for to put an end to your chronic pain in your back, hips or feet (the surgeon you did not want to see because you did not want to have surgery because you were not hurting that bad).
Treatment For Chronic Pain
From here there are 3 options that people go through when they see an orthopedic surgeon to treat chronic pain.
1 – You go to a doctor who spends 5-10 min with you evaluating you and asking you a few questions and decide “let’s get an MRI” so we can “see what is going on.”
Honestly, MRI’s lead you down the path of more unnecessary procedures.
Did you know that if you did an MRI on 100 people who have zero problems or pains, that 60-80% of those people will show problems from rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, herniated disc, degenerative changes, and I could go on and on…
So when you get an MRI and you hurt and you are not sure what you did, it will show something that may not be what is truly going on, leading you down the path of unnecessary treatments.
The other thing I say, is that were the site of the pain is often not where the source of your problem is..
So if your shoulder hurts, it may not be a shoulder problem, yet we do the MRI where you hurt…
This is not a great plan as it can lead to that surgery that you did not want and may not work.
2 – You go see the doctor and they evaluate you and say “lets start with an injection” and see if we can go down the more “conservative path.”
Let’s talk about this path… We feel pain 3 ways – mechanical, thermal, and chemical.
Thermal is burns and sun burns so we will take that one off the table.
Chemical pain is when you injure yourself and get inflammation. This gives you the throbbing pain that is constant. You cannot change your position to make changes to this pain. That is how chemical pain works. Chemicals (aka drugs and injections) treat chemicals.
But when you are not sure what you did. And you mostly likely can change your pain with different positions and your pain can increase or decrease based on activity or your pain will come and go – That is mechanical pain and injections do not work with mechanical pain.
That is why the injections did not last long, your chronic pain came back, it just took the edge off or did not work at all.
You did not get to the source of your problem, you just treated a symptom, which is what we do all the time in this healthcare system.
So then you go back to the doctors, and they say well you have X, and you need to surgery to get it fix!
3 – You go see a doctor and they say “lets start with physical therapy” YAY! I love that option. But you go to a place that sees 2 or more patients per hour. They do cookie cutter exercises based on the diagnosis that the doctor gave them.
For example, you had hip pain or piriformis syndrome, so they give you hip stretches and strengthening exercises and cannot figure out why you still hurt.
They never look at the back or thoracic spine as a source of the problem. Or your hip does not move very well, and they just keep stretching the muscle which is just a symptom.
There is no education on what they are doing. You tend to come in doing the same exercises each visit. You try to explain that it is not working, but they still go to the same game plan each visit.
So, you get frustrated and go back to the doctor because physical therapy did not work and they say, well we need to have surgery to fix it. Or worse, I do not know what to do or what to have surgery on and you are off to a frustrating life going from alternative healthcare with chiropractors, acupuncturist who may or may not help you.
All these paths lead you down to frustration unless you can get to a place like our place, who can truly help figure out what is going on so you don’t need to live with chronic pain any longer.
When you are not sure what you did to creating your pain, this rarely needs surgery.
And instead of going down this really bad path, you can just come into our office!
We offer a limited number of Free Discovery Visits to help you make a better decision about your health.
Our clinics are in extremely high demand as more and more people put their faith in physical therapy, so contact us on by completing our simple webform or calling us on (214) 538-2559 to arrange your free discovery visit.
Choosing this option is the first step to get you back to living without that chronic back pain, chronic knee pain or chronic shoulder pain without painkillers, injections or surgery.
By speaking to our team, you can finally understand what the problem is, and what you can do to get fast pain relief and pain-free movement.
So, what are you waiting for…
If your joint stiffness and muscle aches aren’t getting better, come in to see us for a Free Discovery Visits to keep you away from the expensive MRI’s, Injections, or worse surgery.
Other Helpful Resources To Help You End Chronic Pain
Download one of our free reports packed with proven strategies to relieve chronic muscle and joint pain: Free Back Pain Report, Free Knee Pain Report, Free Neck and Shoulder Report, Free Jaw (TMJ) Pain Report
Listen to one of our Podcasts such as Back Pain Treatments To Avoid – Don’t Make These Major Mistakes and Will Injections Help Me with My Pain?
Or read one of our Blogs such as 5 Tips to Get Arthritis Pain Relief as We Age and 5 Reasons You should Do Pilates In Your 40’s, 50’s and Beyond